Though only a few miles from his mother's well-kept rowhouse near Herring Run Park in Northeast Baltimore, Cory L. Harrison was shot to death on a gritty city street early Saturday that might as well have been worlds away.
Harrison, 27, was shot multiple times and found lying unresponsive in the 2000 block of Robb St. in East Baltimore about 1:30 a.m., police said. On that street yesterday, several people on sidewalks and sitting on steps in front of dilapidated rowhouses said they didn't know Harrison or anything about the shooting.
Court records show that Harrison had convictions for illegally carrying a handgun and drug possession. His mother, Ina Barnes, said a court hearing had been scheduled for him on a probation violation.
Barnes said her son was unemployed, but trying to find a job while living with her and her husband. She said she doesn't believe her son, who became a father three months ago, was a drug dealer. He finished high school and had converted to Islam later in his life, she said.
Police told her they think her son was involved in an quarrel shortly before he was shot, she said.
Harrison had friends in that neighborhood - known as East Baltimore Midway - but he never brought them to her home, she said.
"I never understood why he was in that slum," she said.
A police spokesman said detectives were seeking information in the killing.